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Diseases of Animals are disorders that influence an animals health and ability to function Animal diseases are a great concern to humans for several reasons They can reduce the productivity of animals used to produce food such as hens and dairy cows Animals that are raised for food such as pigs and beef cattle that become ill may affect the economy of many industries Some animal diseases can be transmitted to humans and control of these types of diseases known as zoonoses is vital to public health Animal diseases are identified as infectious and non infectious Infectious diseases are caused by an agent such as bacteria or a virus while non infectious diseases are caused by factors such as dieting environment injury and heredity Sometimes the cause of a disease is unknown An animal may also experience more than one disease at the same time To identify a disease a veterinarian first determines the animals species breed age and sex The information helps him identify a disease because some diseases are more prevalent in certain species or a disease may preferably affect one sex or age group The vet then gathers a complete history of the animal and its problem This history includes the symptoms the animal is displaying and when they first appeared as well as whether the animal has been exposed to something new in its surroundings or to other animals The vet gives the animal a physical examination which may include measuring its body temperature listening to its heart checking its pulse and feeling its abdomen and lymph nodes The vet then creates a list of possible diseases that may be making the animal sick The list may be narrowed by running a few diagnostic tests such as X rays electrocardiograms blood analyzes and bacterial or fungal cultures Once the disease is identified the doctor develops a treatment plan for the animal INFECTIOUS DISEASES
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